Mt. Rainier Snowshoe Basecamp Overnight


Description: Immerse yourself in the beauty and solitude of Mt. Rainier with REI in a two-day snowshoe adventure! This class will afford you the opportunity to experience snowshoeing in an iconic destination. On our first day you will learn efficient snowshoeing technique and helpful hints from experienced instructors and return to a cozy Basecamp and warm group meals at Paradise. Our second day we will explore an additional intermediate route, placing us high above the Paradise Valley on Mazama Ridge, where we will discuss route finding, avalanche awareness, and enjoy the fluffy white powder that Mt. Rainier has to offer. Winter Camping Basics and Introduction to Snowshoeing classes recommended.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Students will learn and use the gear and equipment for camping comfortably in winter environment
  • Students will learn about specific preparation for a safe and enjoyable outdoor camping experience, including: Weather considerations / Trip planning - where to go, activities to plan for / Meal planning / Ten Essentials / Route Finding / Avalanche Awareness / Snowshoeing / Leave No Trace
  • Instructional snowshoe hike/ guided intermediate hike to experience Mt. Rainier in Winter.

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

Mt. Rainier Snowshoe Basecamp Overnight Information

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  • Class Details
  • Gear List

Mt. Rainier Snowshoe Basecamp Overnight Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Synthetic / wool layers - Clothing that will stay warm when wet.
  • Headlamp/Flashlight
  • 2 Liters of Water - At least 2 Nalgene sized water bottles or a large Camelback style reservoir
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Insulated/Waterproof Boots - Suitable for snowshoeing.
  • Warm Hat
  • Backpack - Internal frame 45-65 liter pack.
  • Warm Jacket - Down or Synthetic.
  • Cookset
  • Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.
  • Sleeping Pad - Closed cell foam or self inflatable.
  • Water Bottle
  • Energy Snacks
  • Warm Socks - Wool or Synthetic.
  • Warm Gloves


  • Foam sit pad - Used for insulation when sitting in snow.
  • Personal Camera
  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Lip Balm/Protection
  • Personal Snowshoes

Gear provided by REI:

  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Four Season Sleeping Bag
  • Snowshoes
  • Backpacking Stove
  • Hiking Poles - REI will provide but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Food - Camping food.
  • Gaiters
  • 4 Season Backpacking Tent - 2-4 person tent suitable for winter camping.